Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

Posted June 25, 2017

"We could not have worked harder at this and been better prepared". "The people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did". And we were ready for this draft. It's not just a player per team. "This could not have gone better in my mind".

None of them were selected by the Golden Knights, who chose defenseman Luca Sbisa from the parent Vancouver Canucks.

"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said. Will Marc Methot stay or go?

In the short term, although the free agency period will bolster their roster, Vegas will struggle to be competitive in a very strong Western Conference. Everyone here is here to be moved, or to be allowed to leave, so McPhee can build the roster from the ground up.

You'd expect that from owner Bill Foley, who called it a "great team", and from head coach Gerard Gallant, who called it "a pretty impressive group". "I feel pretty good about my knowledge of the draft". Brannstrom was a terror in global tournaments, Suzuki was one of the top goal-scorers in the OHL (and the best possession forward in the whole draft) and Glass was one of the top point producers in the WHL this season.

The franchise has already gotten their pick of veterans from this past weeks expansion draft and the young talent continues to grow from some of the games top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft. They turned them into five centers, four wings, two defensemen and two goaltenders with a mix of skill and size.

Vegas Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

McPhee and his crew will go back to work on Saturday armed with 10 additional picks.

"I didn't really see that as a hockey place when I went there, but now, with the new team and the fans and season tickets sold out, I think hockey will be unbelievable", Glass said. "Brannstrom's a smaller guy, but he might be the best defenseman in the draft".

--Three first-rounders this year at Nos. The blueline pairings, now led by Methot and Emelin, are a little better, but this is still a bunch of fourth defensemen, and they're going to get torn up by the league's better forwards. Tampa Bay offered prospect Nikita Gusev in exchange for taking the Garrison contract.

"It's something I've never gone through before, it's a different experience", Eberle said.

"I saw the jersey and I was thinking maybe it could happen to me", Glass told reporters. "I think that's what's important". Florida traded Reilly Smith to deter McPhee from drafting defenseman Jason Demers. Columbus selected Kolesar in the third round (No. 69) in 2015 and flipped him for a second-rounder. "Obviously it's an historic day and just to be part of the Vegas organization is unbelievable". Glass played for the Portland Winterhawks last season collecting 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) and named team co-MVP during the 2016-2017 season. Also, he's 20, giving the Golden Knights an older prospect who can play for Chicago of the American Hockey League.

Consider that in a so-called good draft a team hopes to select three future National Hockey League players - at least that's how general managers gauge success. "It helps us fill in the middle".

Glass, the first draft pick to ever pull on a Golden Knights jersey, drew comparisons to his hometown Jets centre Mark Scheifele. He was a member of the Colorado Avalanche when that franchise moved to a new market in 1995-96, the Carolina Hurricanes when that franchise moved to a new market in 1997-98 and the Minnesota Wild when that franchise joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 2000-01; he was claimed in that expansion draft.